Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area

The hilly islands of Whitsunday Islands National Park dot the aquamarine waters of the scenic Whitsunday Passage. Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is world-renowned for its pure white silica sand and crystal-clear water. Part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the reefs contain an outstanding variety of corals.

From May to September, the Whitsundays are an important calving ground for migrating humpback whales, keep an eye out and you may be rewarded. For great views, take a walk along various sections of the Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail. At Nara Inlet, Hook Island; admire precious rock art by the Ngaro people. Snorkel, sail, or relax in an idyllic setting. Camping is permitted on Whitsunday, Hook, Cid and Henning islands but campers must be self-sufficient. Camping fees apply and bookings are essential. Book in advance for school holidays. Take water and a fuel stove. Check restrictions on activities such as anchoring, fishing, spearfishing and collecting.

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Whitsunday Islands
Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Queensland
Australia

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Hallorans Hill Conservation Park

Atherton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
This park, in the middle of the township of Atherton, protects eucalypt forest and a remnant of the endangered mabi forest on an extinct volcanic cone. The cone is part of the legacy of the Atherton Tableland's fiery geological past.

Hasties Swamp National Park

Atherton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
A birdwatcher's delight, this park is a large seasonal wetland renowned for its diverse range of resident and migratory birds. At least 220 bird species have been recorded, mainly in the wetland and open woodland.

Wongabel State Forest

Atherton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
This state forest protects a remnant of an endangered type of forest, known as mabi forest. Here, in 1903, red cedar seedlings were planted in the forest to replace mature trees which had been logged. Commercial plantations of hoop, kauri and Caribbean pine now grow beside native forest.

Specimen Hill Lookout

Herberton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
The Specimen Hill Lookout walk takes you along a gravel bush track that leads you out along a shoulder of Specimen Hill. The track ends at a tunnel driven into the Hillside with other mines visible below.

Mt Hypipamee Crater and Dinner Falls

Atherton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
The Hypipamee crater is referred to as a volcanic pipe. The pipe was opened upward through surface rocks by gas produced from molten rock below and as a result of tremendous pressure, the vent exploded sending volcanic bombs far across the landscape.

Atherton Tablelands

Atherton, Tablelands Area
The Atherton Tablelands is an uplifting destination of timeless villages, exotic tropical foods, country markets and diverse wildlife. A network of scenic drives through contrasting landscapes makes it easy to explore waterfalls and crater lakes or taste food and wine at its source.

Herberton

Herberton, Tablelands Area
This historic tin mining town on the banks of the Wild River is the oldest town on the Atherton Tablelands. Buildings include a wonderful collection of Queensland architectural styles, from churches to public buildings and large houses with wide verandahs.

Tolga

Tolga, Tablelands Area
Tolga is within approximately eight kilometres from Atherton, travelling through the rainforest canopied Kennedy Highway. Tolga presents a quaint little town with good examples of early Queensland architecture.
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